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UMass Clean Energy Extension

The UMass Clean Energy Extension provides a resource to reduce market barriers and accelerate the adoption of clean energy for Massachusetts cities and towns, businesses, institutions, farms, low income and multiunit housing, and others.

The transition to clean energy is critical for Massachusetts to meet its greenhouse gas reduction commitments and provides an opportunity to foster new economic development in the Commonwealth. 

The UMass Clean Energy Extension provides technical support and advice upon request, and proactively seeks opportunities to promote clean energy projects.   We work with businesses eager to enter or diversify into the clean energy markets.  We provide assistance in navigating through state programs that offer incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The UMass Clean Energy Extension supports and contributes to applied research activities across UMass departments and campuses that advance technical, economic, and policy solutions that support clean energy advancement in Massachusetts.

The UMass Clean Energy Extension joins the University’s historic mission as a Land Grant College to provide outreach and extension to the Commonwealth. No longer strictly limited to agriculture, the mission of UMass Extension extends to environmental well-being and human health as well.  Similar to the role of UMass Extension in agriculture, the UMass Clean Energy Extension will provide the legitimacy, impartiality, and local responsiveness to assist entities in evaluating and implementing clean energy opportunities, to help businesses offer clean energy technologies into the marketplace, and to support applied research to address technical and policy challenges facing clean energy.

Sierra Magazine Lists UMass in "Top 20 Coolest Schools"

UMass Clean Energy Extension is excited to see two of its programs cited in connection with Sierra Magazine's ranking of UMass in the top 20 schools for sustainability. Sierra noted both the Offshore Wind Professional Certificate Program and the UMass Clean Energy Corps as contributing to the high ranking.

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UMass Clean Energy Extension Plays Part in First SMART-Approved Dual-Use Solar Project
dual use PV array in farm field

UMass Clean Energy Extension is pleased to support the state's SMART solar incentive program. In collaboration with UMass Agricultural Extension, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and the Department of Energy Resources, CEE provides technical resources and critical review of farm plans for dual-use systems seeking to qualify for an adder through the SMART program. The first of these dual-use agricultural photovoltaic (PV) system has become operational in Monson. Read more about the Million Little Sunbeams project – and learn here about CEE’s dual-use-related resources, research, and outreach. (Photo from article at MorningAgClips.com)

Offshore Wind Professional Certificate Program
woman standing in front of wind turbine

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Clean Energy Extension are excited to announce the launch of a new professional certificate in offshore wind in the fall of 2020. The certificate is tailored to professionals and graduate students seeking to up-skill and broaden their knowledge to address the needs of the offshore wind industry. The online program covers the broad range of disciplines involved in this dynamic industry, including technology and engineering, development and finance, supply chain management, marketing, environmental impact, business logistics, law, and policy. The certificate can be completed in one year and the first course begins on August 24. See the program page for more information.

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